Having already acquired a solid reputation for producing well-made, smart-looking boats with excellent seakeeping abilities, the folks at F&S have exceeded expectations yet again, this time with their 50 Flybridge IPS. Equipped with twin Volvo D11 700-horsepower diesel engines and the IPS 900 system, as well as a full custom tower by Palm Beach Towers, the F&S 50 offers up a well-balanced fishing machine with plenty of power.
Big Yet Simple
It warmed my heart to step aboard a sport-fisher under 60 feet and see it laid out in a very simple, clean and well-done way. Her bridge is set up just right, so the helmsman can easily see both corners of the cockpit, the chair and the entire bow area. The console sports a very efficient layout, with wraparound seats in front of the console and two helm chairs aft. The console houses a host of gear and electronics similar to that found on any 70-footer, all within arm’s reach. Her list of gear includes a Furuno black box, a Garmin 7215 GPS echo sounder and plotter and a Garmin 6208 GPS plotter backup, FLIR night vision and a Volvo user-friendly color LCD display. An overhead drop-down box holds the radios.
The neatness, simplicity and crafts-manship found on the bridge extends to the rest of the boat. You can tell that F&S spent a considerable amount of time making sure that the cockpit
was laid out perfectly for chasing
fish, and the entire space feels much larger than what you would find on some of the production boats in the same size class. The boat comes with a transom livewell, a transom door and a sculpted mezzanine deck, with cushioned seating, freezers and storage underneath.